The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has responded to this year’s housing budget saying it demonstrates government investment in social housing. However, the ICSH is concerned that diverting significant funds to supporting the private rental sector represents bad value for money. Social housing is an essential public service, and new spending should be used to rebuild the country’s depleted social housing stock. You can read the press release here
The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) welcome the opportunity to make a submission on the review of the Mortgage to Rent Scheme. Following the implementation of the recommendations in the Keane Report (2011), a number of housing associations have been at the forefront in assisting in the development and implementation of the Mortgage to Rent scheme.
With the increasing demand in the private rental sector, rent affordability issues and lack of security of tenure, this has created additional pressure on the social housing sector with housing associations responding to an acute demand for emergency accommodation, housing and support services.
From previous discussions between the ICSH, Government Departments and the Banking federation it has been agreed to have a process where any difficulties that housing associations encounter with leasing initiatives and through using private finance will be identified and resolved. To underpin this ‘principles of engagement’ between the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Department of Finance, the Irish Banking Federation, the County and City Managers Association and the Irish Council for Social Housing have now been agreed.
A model management agreement was signed at the Inclusion Ireland conference at the end of March 2009 between Monaghan County Council, the Health Service Executive and Monaghan Branch of Parents and Friends of People with an Intellectual Disability and Monaghan Housing Associaiton.
The partnering agreement is available to housing associations throughout the country to adapt and adopt for their own use, taking account of individual circumstances, capactiy and background.
The 2008 housing needs assessment was carried out by local authorities in March 2008. The following document outlines the importance of this assessment and the role of housing associations in the process.
Gathering accurate data on homelessness can be problematic. This can be due to a lack of integration between homeless service providers and local authorities on persons accommodated and the sometimes transitory nature of accommodation provided to homeless people where it is not always possible to get full length forms completed by people in crisis.
The following is a guide to the ways in which information on homelessness is gathered and the challenges it presents.